The Global War on Christians in the Islamic World

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The Global War on Christians in the Islamic World

February 9, 2012

According to Newsweek, a largely unrecognized global war on Christians is underway. "Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion," writes columnist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. "It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm." Ali says that despite the media's reticence to report on the subject, the fate of Christians -- and all religious minorities -- in the Muslim world is at stake. In Nigeria, the radical Islamist group Boko Haram aims to establish sharia (Islamic law) and has stated it will kill all Christians in the country. In Sudan, tens of thousands of Christians have been displaced from their homes, subjected to targeted killings, kidnapping and bomb attacks. In Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan, Christians face "incipient genocide or ethnic cleansing," and in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and other formerly "tolerant" countries, Christian persecution has only increased. "It should be clear ... that anti-Christian violence is a major and underreported problem," Ali writes. "Instead of falling for overblown tales of Western Islamophobia, let's take a real stand against the Christophobia infecting the Muslim world."

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